What to Look for in Winter, Paperback
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Candia McWilliam had just joined the judging panel of the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2006 when she started to lose her sight.

The gradual onset of blindness seemed especially cruel to someone whose life depended on reading and writing.

As McWilliam's sight disappeared she looked inwards and began to remember her Edinburgh childhood, her mother's suicide, her teenage escape into another identity, her marriages, her children and, stalking all these memories, her increasing alcoholism. "What To Look For In Winter" is a magical, uplifting and truly wise book about families and friendship, love and loss and that most elusive of things - a sense of self.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: literary
  • ISBN: 9780099539537



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A starkly truthful account of this Scottish novelist's life, including her struggles with alcohal, her feelings of insecurity, her relationships with her ex-husbands and children, and the condition called blepharospasm that caused her blindness. With each chapter I experienced a different emotional response ranging from sympathy to frustration, disbelief and admiration.

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